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Hello Everyone- I recently received an email from a homeowner and a mitigator on a difficult mitigation job. This is a home in the mountains of Colorado. Any ideas and/or suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Here are the details from the homeowner:

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Green Collar Jobs

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During the Presidential campaign both candidates touted the creation of "green-collar jobs" as a centerpiece of their economic policies. The media usually equated green collar with jobs in the renewable energy sector. However, a very compelling case can be made that environmental services, like radon testing, mitigation, and RRNC are also green collar jobs.

Perhaps we need to start building a case on how increased radon mitigation not only saves lives, but creates jobs. Does anyone have some facts and figures that could help support this argument?

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National Radon Action Month Webinar: October 21, 2008

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SAVE THE DATE for the National Radon Action Month Webinar: October 21, 2008!

Dear Radon Partners,

Please join us from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, for the National Radon Action Month Webinar titled, “State Radon Program Innovative Approaches,” hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA supports the radon community in sharing best practices for reaching new audiences and improving radon outreach techniques to increase the number of homes tested and ultimately save lives from radon-induced lung cancer. Together, under the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign, we can reach the goal to double the number of lives saved from radon exposure over five years.

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New Federal Legislation Introduced

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On September 29, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Research, Hazard Intervention, and National Outreach for Healthier Housing Act (S.3654). Among other provisions, the bill would create new Health Hazard Reduction Grant program in HUD to address home health and safety hazards, including radon testing and mitigation. The grants would be authorized at $10 million a year.

The legislation isn't likely to be considered this session, but could be reintroduced next year.

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Any other state radon programs in danger of being eliminated?

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Given the recent news about George in California, who else is worried?

Is there a way to prepare to make arguments against elimination? (i.e., data showing impact)

Can we help each other (such as posting on the Portal resource page letters to Governors in support of radon programs?).

Please discuss

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Welcome to the RadonLeaders.org Forums

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Welcome to the RLSL Web Portal Forums! Please use this area for discussion, sharing, and collaboration with fellow Radon Leaders. You must be registered to post, and anonymous user IDs are not allowed. Debate and disagreement is fine, but please be respectful. If offensive or inappropriate materials (e.g. Spam) is posted, you may flag it for removal. Within each forum you may start a new thread or reply to an established thread.

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Feedback on 18th National Radon Training Conference

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Here is your second chance to provide feedback on the meeting. What topics did you like, not like, want more of, want less of. Next year is St. Louis, look forward to seeing you there.

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National Radon Training Conference & International Radon Symposium

National Radon Training Conference & International Radon Symposium

The 2008 International Radon Symposium and 18th National Radon Training Conference are fast approaching. AARST, CRCPD, and US EPA will build on the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign launched last year, sharing strategies and tools to meet the goal of doubling the number of lives saved from radon-induced lung cancer in the next five years. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in September! 

Radon Professionals Solve Problem at Zephyr Cove Elementary in Lake Tahoe

Radon Professionals Solve Problem at Zephyr Cove Elementary in Lake Tahoe

Radon at Zephyr Cove Elementary School is back down to acceptable levels, and the Lake Tahoe school will open for the fall semester on Wednesday.

The Douglas County School District received a letter from the state Department of Health and Human Services saying that all test results in the school were half the radon limit on Aug. 11, the deadline to determine if students would attend Zephyr Cove this year.

Zephyr Cove long has had issues with the gas, partly because of the numerous crawl spaces and additions. The Douglas County School District was one of the first in the state to test for radon in 1989 when levels reached 25 picocuries per liter. Under normal conditions, it was the equivalent of smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a consultant.

School district Superintendent Carol Lark said a group of volunteer scientists arrived at Zephyr Cove to help mitigate the radon.